Not much to see outside due to rain, luckily we had a movie to watch about the DMZ.
Nearing the DMZ, razor wire fences and guarded lookout posts line the river beside the road.
Interesting fact: look at North Korea on Google Maps... it's blank.
This cement structure is rigged with explosives to collapse it and block the road in case of invasion.
Our first stop on the tour was the Imjingak Resort Park. There are many monuments and attractions to see here including the Freedom Bridge and the Peace Bell. There is also a row of food and souvenir vendors and a small amusement park with a few rides.
The Freedom Bridge was named after 12,773 Korean prisoners returned from North Korea in 1953.
The Peace Bell is a 21 ton bell which was made with the desire for peace and unification.
This is a steam locomotive that got derailed by bombs during the Korean War.
This chainlink fence had thousands of ribbons with handwritten messages hanging from it.
I swear I didn't see the sign until after I took the photo!
Our next stop was Tunnel #3. South Korea has discovered four tunnels (so far) that the North Koreans dug to gain access to South Korea for a potential invasion. The 3rd tunnel was discovered in 1978 and is only 44km from Seoul, the capital of South Korea. It is 1.1 miles long and is 240 feet below ground. It is capable of moving one full division of soldiers and their weapons per hour. Photographs inside the tunnel are forbidden so we were not allowed to take cameras into it.
Tourists posing with a statue by the tunnel #3 entrance.
The next stop was the Dora Observatory. From here, visitors can overlook North Korea.
You are not allowed to take any pictures once you pass over the Photo Line.
It was so foggy that we couldn't see anything!
This is the last toll on Highway 1 before North Korea. It is not open for any traffic.